Experiencing first hand the benefits of focusing on her breathing led Aigul Safiullina to give up her  job as an events organiser and start in the wellness industry with a focus on breathwork.

What’s your story? 
I used to work in a quite fast paced and stressful environment, organizing events and having an active social life. The decision to become a certified breathwork coach came about spontaneously when I was running Moontrekker (the overnight trail race in Lantau) in a pair with my friend Claire Mordret a couple of years ago. Despite all the prior training, I felt exhausted too soon and not in the mood to run 30km. Claire did her best to motivate me but nothing helped and I was about to quit. At some point, she asked me to focus on a specific sequence of breathing and to not think of anything else – I had had a stressful week at my previous job, my relationship was getting worse and my self-confidence was hitting the lowest levels. So I focused on that breathing pattern and started feeling better and even energized. When we crossed the finish line at Cheung Sha beach, we discovered that we had become female pair champions. I made many decisions that night, and becoming a breathwork coach was one of them.

What excites you most about your industry? 
Breathwork is still a relatively new part of the wellness industry and I am excited to see so many untapped opportunities here! I’ve seen so many transformations in people just after the initial breathwork sessions. And the more people pay attention to their health & wellbeing, the more improvements they can make in all other aspects of their lives.

What is your connection to Asia? 
I’m Russian and that makes me at least half-Asian 🙂 

Favourite city in Asia for business and why? 
Definitely Hong Kong! It’s like a small village for networking but with all the accoutrements for the modern lifestyle. Opening a company is extremely easy and the business community is very open and supportive.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? 
Surround yourself by the people who lift you up and inspire you.

Who inspires you? 
There are lots of people who inspire me for different reasons. But when it comes down to 1-2 individuals, it’s definitely my parents, both medical doctors who’ve saved thousands of lives and gave me all the tools to become who I am now.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away? 
Every single morning blows me away as I am lucky to be alive and awake

If you had your time again, what would you do differently? 
Have more faith in myself.

How do you unwind?
Breathwork practice and trail running.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Home. Being around people I love and that love me makes me relax. Also I love hot saunas in winter and jumping into snow.

Everyone in business should read this book: 
Big Leap by Gay Hendriks

Shameless plug for your business: 
Our breath is directly connected to each and every function in our body. The way we breathe affects our endocrine, digestive, nervous, and immune systems to name a few! Breathing is the main connector between our body, mind, and soul. Let me guide you in your journey to better stress management, optimal performance & a healthier lifestyle.

I offer 1:1 & group classes, corporate wellness and 6-week programs at beginner and advanced levels, as well as special limited edition sessions of breathwork for runners and more!

How can people connect with you? 

Best way is to check out my website: www.respira-breathwork.com

Social Media Links? 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/respirabreathwork/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/respira_breathwork/ 

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aigulsafiullina11/ 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fZkZc4U7vU

To hear how entrepreneurs around the world overcome their challenges, search your favourite podcast platform for ‘CallumConnects‘ to hear a 5-minute daily breakdown.

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built, and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder and CEO of MBH Corporation PLC. He is the author of three best-selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’, ‘Agglomerate’, and ‘Entrepreneurial Investing’.

Connect with Callum on Twitter and LinkedIn
Download free copies of his books at www.callumlaing.com

Contributor

Recently Published

Who will win Nobel Prizes in 2022? Wikipedia posits a handful of contenders for Physiology or Medicine, about 20 different possible winners for the Peace Prize and several dozen potential winners of the Literature Prize. But since the Swedish Academy never announces nominees in advance, there are few insights indicating who will win, or even if the eventual winner […]
A few years ago, the chess website Chess.com temporarily banned US grandmaster Hans Niemann for playing chess moves online that the site suspected had been suggested to him by a computer program. It had reportedly previously banned his mentor Maxim Dlugy. And at the Sinquefield Cup earlier this month, world champion Magnus Carlsen resigned without comment after playing a poor game against 19-year-old Niemann. He has since […]

Top Picks

Ads are coming to Netflix, perhaps even sooner than anticipated.  The Wall Street Journal has reported that Netflix has moved up the launch of their ad-supported subscription tier to November. The Sydney Morning Herald, meanwhile, is reporting that Australia is amongst the first countries likely to experience ads on Netflix later this year. Netflix first announced they would introduce […]
Have you ever been mocked or abused for your views on COVID? If so, you’re not alone. Anyone wishing to engage in an open dialogue surrounding the pandemic can often encounter a hostile climate, especially online. This extreme polarisation around COVID reflects a broader “culture war” in society, where disagreements on political, cultural and social […]

Trending

The Industrial model of education that fueled the modern era and its dizzying reach did its job incredibly well. Its prime accomplishment was the expansion of our ability to abstract the world. Until then, pragmatism reigned, limiting most people’s thoughts and interactions primarily because we lacked the tools to extrapolate information, to wield it for things that lay beyond obvious […]
I highly recommend reading the McKinsey Global Institute’s new report, “Reskilling China: Transforming The World’s Largest Workforce Into Lifelong Learners”, which focuses on the country’s biggest employment challenge, re-training its workforce and the adoption of practices such as lifelong learning to address the growing digital transformation of its productive fabric. How to transform the country […]

Join our Newsletter

Get our monthly recap with the latest news, articles and resources.

Latest Titles

Empirics Podcast

  • The Future Of Aviation Is Electric?

Login

Welcome to Empirics

We are glad you have decided to join our mission of gathering the collective knowledge of Asia!
Join Empirics